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Teachers at the Front, 1914–1919 (Hardback)

WWI Social History 1914 1915 1916 1917 1918 20th Century Military

By Dr Barry Blades
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 264
Illustrations: 40 illustrations
ISBN: 9781473848856
Published: 30th January 2021

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August 1914. Flags waved, people cheered and armies mobilized. Millions of citizens throughout Britain responded to the call-to-arms. War fever was contagious. In the far reaches of the British Empire, too, ‘determined colonials’ pledged their allegiance and prepared to serve their King. Amongst the patriots who joined the colours were thousands of schoolmasters and trainee teachers. In London, students and alumni from the London Day Training College left their classrooms and ‘took the King's shilling’. In the Dominions, hundreds of their professional counterparts in Perth, Auckland and Toronto similarly reported to the military training grounds, donned khaki uniforms and then embarked for the ‘old county' in its hour of need. Teachers at the Front, 1914-1919 tells the story of these teacher-soldiers. It recalls the decisions made by men who were united by their training, occupation and imperial connections, but were divided by social and geographical contexts, personal beliefs and considered actions. It follows them as they landed on the beaches of Gallipoli, attacked across no man's land in Flanders, on the Somme and at Passchendaele, and finally broke through the Hindenburg Line and secured victory. Many did not survive the carnage of what became known as the Great War. For those who did - wartime officers and men who had been proud to call themselves Tommies, Anzacs, Enzeds and Canucks - returning home presented further challenges and adjustments. This is a book based upon extensive research and an eclectic body of source material. Detailed and powerful narratives of individual lives combine to illuminate the confluence of grand strategies and personal circumstances in times of war.

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Dr Barry Blades

About Dr Barry Blades

Dr Barry Blades is an independent researcher and writer, with a particular interest in the relationship between war and society and the impact of conflict upon individuals and their communities. Barry approaches his work as both a historian and as a professional educator. He taught History in secondary schools in London and Peterborough for over thirty years, and undertook a variety of senior leadership rolesin education as a headteacher, school governor, inspector and consultant. His first book, Roll of Honour: Schooling and the Great War, 1914-1919 (Pen & Sword, 2015) looks at how children and teachers in British schools were affected by the First World War, and how they in turn supported the national war effort. Teachers at the Front, 1914-1919 (Pen & Sword, 2020) develops further the story of teacher-soldiers from British and Dominion teacher training colleges who fought and died in the conflict.

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